Presidential candidate Raila Odinga who was contesting on Azimio la Umoja Coalition party has rejected the results of the 2022 Presidential election.
IEBC declared UDA Party candidate William Ruto as the fifth president of Kenya.
Addressing the media on Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Odinga announced he would be heading to court to file a petition against the results which he termed as null and void.
He accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati of violating the Constitution and electoral laws in his decision to declare Ruto as President-elect.
“What we saw yesterday was a travesty of the laws of Kenya by Wafula Chebukati and a minority of IEBC commissioners… The figures announced by Wafula Chebukati are null and void and must be quashed by a court of law. In our view there is no legally declared president-elect,” said Odinga.
“Mr. Chebukati’s announcement purporting to announce a winner is a nullity. He (Chebukati) acted with gross impunity and in total disregard of the Constitution and our laws,”he added.
Odinga claims that Chebukati exercised dictatorship and erred in law by proceeding to announce the poll outcome despite four of the IEBC commissioners rejecting the results.
“The law is clear on the role of the chairperson of the IEBC. The law does not vest in the chairperson the powers of a dictator to rule the IEBC unilaterally,” said Odinga.
“The IEBC is structured as a democratic institution in which decisions must be taken either by consensus or by a vote of the majority. The chairperson and a tiny minority of commissioners have no legal authority to take weighty decisions and proclaim them as the rulings of the IEBC.”